Winemaker Vincent Dubernet.
Located in the village of Lézignan-Corbières, not far from Carcassonne, Château Lamy is a very large family-owned estate covering 358 acres. The Château and the family are deeply anchored in the cultural and historical French patrimony. The estate used to belong to the bishop of Narbonne and vineyards have been planted there since the 14th century. Preserved over the years, vines are all growing around the Château in one single location. The wines are the result of tradition across generations of know-how, and adoption of modern techniques.
The name ‘Fontarèche’ originated from the latin fonte erecto: gushing fountain, and appears for the first time in 984. In 1682, the Mignard family bought the Chateau Fontarèche and its winery. Descendants of the Lamy family, now in the ninth generation still own the estate today.
The 358 acres of classified vines, half in the Corbières PDO and half in Vin de Pays benefit from a wonderful location; not so far from the Canal du Midi, the medieval City of Carcassonne, and the Mediterranean Sea. The low-yield vines are rooted in gravelly soil with a wealth of pebbles, offering the balance sought-after in a vineyard. In a semi-arid Mediterranean climate, heat, wind and downpours are all meteorological parameters that are anticipated and mitigated.
The vines produce generous, aromatic and well-balanced wines from 17 different grape varieties, some of which are rare and almost forgotten. They are managed in the classic, traditional methods, while vinification takes place in a very modern equipped cellar. Since 2008, the winery is run by Vincent Dubernet, with his team, who are motivated by the desire to pass a sustainable, living heritage on to future generations.
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